Romney Supports Ethanol Subsidies

I’ve long tried to tell my conservative friends that Mitt Romney is not conservative, something they should have been convinced of after he ushered in the leviathan of a government intervention known as RomneyCare during his time as governor of Massachusetts. Visiting in Iowa, Romney has presented more evidence to my claim:

“I support the subsidy of ethanol,” he told an Iowa voter. “I believe ethanol is an important part of our energy solution for this country.” Iowa leads the nation in the production of corn, a main source of  ethanol.

Romney’s supporters have ludicrously cited federalism to justify the onerous and limited government antithesis RomneyCare, reciting the former governor’s claim that states are laboratories and he was only doing what was best for his state as if big government is okay at the state level. I’m interested to see how they will spin his support of spending billions of dollars that, according to a 2010 report by the CBO, costs taxpayers “$1.78 for ethanol made from corn and $3.00 for cellulosic ethanol” per gallon of gasoline.

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2 thoughts on “Romney Supports Ethanol Subsidies

  1. This remains a small issue in the big picture. It is difficult to make any real choices or predictions until the race really starts. But we must all remember to look at this from a practical perspective, we cannot get caught up on small issues looking for the perfect candidate, but must focus on the main issues. The war and the economy.

    • One day you’ll look back at your defense of Mitt Romney and realize that, if it were any other person defending any other candidate, you’d see how ludicrous it is. Just how many “small issues” (by the way, $6 billion per annum isn’t “small” in my book) does it take before a candidate is not conservative, especially when you couple that with RomneyCare which is a gigantic issue?

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